Stepfather of missing 4-year-old Texas girl taken into custody, blood found at apartment

Posted at 9:38 AM, May 12, 2019

HOUSTON — The stepfather of a missing Texas girl has been taken into custody.

Houston police said Darion Vence, who was the last person to see Maleah Davis, 4, was arrested Saturday.

Vence was charged with tampering with evidence, "namely a corpse." Officials have not confirmed whether they believe Maleah is dead or if her body has been found.

Maleah has been missing since May 3, after her stepfather told police that she was abducted by "three Hispanic males" after they ambushed them as they were on the way to Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Vence had reported to police that he had stopped on the highway to check his tires because of a "popping noise." He said then he was ambushed by the men, who knocked him unconscious and took the car and Maleah.

Houston police said that blood found at Vence's apartment linked to Maleah and he was seen carrying a full laundry basket from the apartment.

KTRK reports that Maleah had several brain surgeries and requires medication and constant care. She had also been recently returned to her home by Child Protective Services after she was removed from the family last August.

CPS officials told KTRK that she and her two siblings were removed because of allegations of physical abuse related to her head injury.

The Nissan Altima reported stolen was found in Missouri City, Texas, on May 9.

Earlier this week , community activist Quanell X had also discussed events leading up to Maleah's disappearance, including the fallout between Maleah's mother, Brittany Bowens, and Vence.

Anyone with information on Maleah Davis' whereabouts is urged to contact HPD at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.